Heidegger, Holderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language: Toward a New Poetics of Dasein / Edition 3

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Heidegger's interpretations of the poetry of Hlderlin are central to Heidegger's later philosophy and have determined the mainstream reception of Hlderlin's poetry. Gosetti-Ferencei argues that Heidegger has overlooked central elements in Hlderlin's poetics, such as a Kantian understanding of aesthetic subjectivity and a commitment to Enlightenment ideals. These elements, she argues, resist the more politically distressing aspects of Heidegger's interpretations, including Heidegger's nationalist valorization of the German language and sense of nationhood, or Heimat.In the context of Hlderlin's poetics of alienation, exile, and wandering, Gosetti-Ferencei draws a different model of poetic subjectivity, which engages Heidegger's later philosophy of Gelassenheit, calmness, or letting be. In so doing, she is able to pose a phenomenologically sensitive theory of poetic language and a new poetics of Dasein,or being there.

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The book is a state-of-the-art discussion of Heidegger . . . The reader emerges from this book with a tremendous sense of possibility-of new avenues opened up, and of old debates unclogged.Nicholas Birns

The perennially interesting complex of topics—Heidegger's thought, Hlderlin's thought and poetry, Heidegger's reading of Hlderlin's poetry—is here enriched by a fourth meditation, written against the grain: Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei reads Heidegger's thought in the light of Hlderlin's poetry and theoretical writings. The outcome is a defense and justification of poetic subjectivity at once subtle and exhilarating. Heidegger, Hlderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language is composed with admirable passion, erudition, and conceptual flair. It will be indispensable for students of continental philosophy, literature, and literary theory.Stanley Corngold

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823223602
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER ANNA GOSETTI-FERENCEI is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. She is the author of The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Art & Literature and of After thePalace Burns, which won The Paris Review prize in poetry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the dialogue between poetry and thinking 1
1 Heidegger's critique of subjectivity and the poetic turn 27
2 Heidegger's Holderlin : Andenken and Ereignis beyond subjectivity 61
3 Poetic subjectivity and the elusiveness of being 99
4 The critique of technology and the poetics of "life" 144
5 The politics of sacrifice : the sublime and the caesura 171
6 Revolutionary poetics and the subject-in-process 202
7 A new poetics of Dasein 237
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